*”Should you need proof of Johnny Hodges’ importance to the Ellington Orchestra look up almost any advertisement for Duke’s band during Hodges’ tenure. You will see him given individual billing, and that is recognition most “sidemen” do not enjoy. This collection captures Hodges in several settings ...” - with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with small groups featuring various musicians including John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope and Harry Carney. Nine of the nineteen tracks are Johnny Hodges compositions including The Jeep is Jumping, Jeep’s Blues, Bouncing with Ben and One For Duke.
* from the new liner notes by Chris Albertson.